Seminar: From Geometric Modelling to Digital Earth

Title: From Geometric Modelling to Digital Earth
Speaker: Dr. Faramarz F. Samavati, Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Seminar: An Integrated Decision Support System

Title: An Integrated Decision Support System
Speaker: Dr. Henry Leung, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Calgary
Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Seminar: Analysis of Clustered Diagnostic Tests Subject to Misclassification Using Latent Variable Modelling

Title: Analysis of Clustered Diagnostic Tests Subject to Misclassification Using Latent Variable Modelling
Speaker: Dr. Hua Shen, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Calgary
Location: Mathematical Sciences MS 431
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Seminar: Elastic Seismic FWI for Reservoir Characterization


Dr. Innanen introduced the problem of interest and a number of related challenges, and then he talked about some methods by which those challenges can be addressed. He finished his presentation by an example which was one of the recent projects that he had worked on. This seminar was appreciated by a number of graduate students and faculty members, mainly from the faculty of science.

Upcoming Seminar: Elastic Seismic FWI for Reservoir Characterization


Speaker: Dr. Kristopher Innanen, University of Calgary
Location: Mathematical Sciences 431
Date & Time: February 08, 2018. 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Title: Elastic Seismic FWI for Reservoir Characterization

Seismic full waveform inversion (FWI) as a technology is now regularly applied to problems in marine, i.e., offshore resource exploration and monitoring.  FWI also seems to have the potential to become a major technology for monitoring elastic and rock physics properties of producing heavy oil and low-permeability reservoirs.  However, some of the technical challenges faced by geophysicists in applying FWI, such as managing seismic attenuation, leakage between parameters, computational burden, etc., grow in land/elastic environments.  I will give an overview of the look and feel of seismic FWI, which is at its heart a very large Newton optimization, point out where the technical bottlenecks are, discuss workarounds, and finish with an example of FWI applied in a producing Western Canadian unconventional reservoir that suggests we’re moving in the right direction.

About the speaker:

Kris Innanen received the BSc and MSc degrees from York University in 1996 and 1998, in Earth Science/Physics and Physics respectively, and the PhD degree in geophysics from the University of British Columbia in 2003.  He joined the Department of Physics at the University of Houston as an Assistant Professor in 2005 and the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary as an Associate Professor in 2009.  In 2016 he took on the directorship of the CREWES consortium. In 2006 he received the J. Clarence Karcher award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

Seminar: Building a Quantum Computer



The first seminar of the Winter 2018 Biweekly Seminar Series took place today in MS 431 between 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Dr. Barry Sanders presented an interesting topic in which he explained who a quantum computer would work. This seminar was appreciated by many faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduate students.


Upcoming Seminar: Building a Quantum Computer


Speaker: Dr. Barry Sanders, University of Calgary
Location: Mathematical Sciences 431
Date & Time: January 25, 2018. 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Title: Building a Quantum Computer

Quantum computing has evolved from intriguing concept 35 years ago to buzzing commercial endeavor today. I explain the purpose of a quantum computer, how it would work, different types of quantum computing approaches, and various media from photons to superconducting circuits to ions for realizing a functioning quantum computer.

About the speaker:

Dr. Barry Sanders is the Director of the Institute for Quantum Science and Technology at the University of Calgary and holds a 1000-Talent Chair at the University of Science and Technology China. He is especially well known for seminal contributions to theories of quantum-limited measurement, highly nonclassical light, practical quantum cryptography and optical implementations of quantum information tasks. His current research interests include quantum resources & algorithms, optical & atomic implementations of quantum information tasks and protocols, quantum processes in biological systems, and machine learning for quantum control. Dr. Sanders is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (U.K.), the Optical Society of America, the Australian Institute of Physics, the American Physical Society and the Royal Society of Canada, and a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. In 2016 Sanders was awarded the Imperial College London Doctor of Science (DSc) degree, and he is Editor-in-Chief of New Journal of Physics.